Argentina - Remote Patagonia - February 2-10, 2014
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Argentina - Remote Patagonia - February 2-10, 2014

Introduction

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'Patagonia is the farthest place to which man walked from his place of origin. It is therefore a symbol of his restlessness. From its discovery it had the effect on the imagination something like the Moon, but in my opinion more powerful.' Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia, writing to his publisher.

Our new Walk in Argentinian Patagonia highlights the compelling silence of the steppes, the grandeur of the glaciers, the ever-changing vistas of snow-capped mountains and lakes and the magical emptiness of this awe-inspiring landscape. We will walk in the footsteps of the early settlers, we will meet the gauchos who still work the land on remote ranches and we will cruise to almost touching distance of the great Perito Moreno glacier. We will see guanacos and hares and condors and flamingoes, maybe even a puma. We will eat Lemon Pie in the tavern where Butch Cassidy stayed!

Trip Highlights Include:

  • Hiking in Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site
  • Cruising to the foot of the Perito Moreno Glacia
  • Hiking the Mount Fitz Roy Trail
  • Trek to see the famous hanging Glacier Huemul
  • Exquisite, characterful accommdations including four nights at the Relais & Chateau 'Eolo Lodge'

Walk Summary

Date 02-FEB-14 - 10-FEB-14
Trip

8 nights

Terrain
Moderate-Energetic

Walk Rating: Moderate to Energetic. Well marked trails and paths, some hills with steep inclines/declines. Paths can be rocky.á Up to 12 miles walking per day.

Price

US$5795.00 per person double occupancy - ALL INCLUSIVE
(Single Supplement $1275)

DEPOSIT TERMS: US$ 1000.00 per person

Walk begins and ends in El Calafate, Argentina, with arrival and departure from El Calafate Airport.

Walk Itinerary

Introduction

Patagonia is a vast region - the size of France and Spain combined - and one can spend many hours traveling between the areas best suited for walking. We have created an itinerary that intentionally maximises time spent on the trail and minimises time spent in a bus. However, we encourage you to explore more of the region while you are here with our specially tailored pre and post-trip extensions: Buenos Aires City Stay, Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and an Estancia Stay.

Day 1 - Arrival, El Calafate, Hotel Kau Yatun

Meet and Greet individually at El Calafate Airport (several daily flights from Buenos Aires) and transfer to El Calafate and the Hotel Kau Yatun. The afternoon is free to explore the town and its many shops. Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner in the hotel (or local restaurant).
 

Overnight: Hotel Kau Yatun, El Calafate

Day 2 - Transfer Route 40 (approx 3 hrs), La Leona, El Chalten

After breakfast, we head out of town on the famous Route 40, which runs the length of Argentina. We stop for coffee and a large slice of the renowned Lemon Pie at La Leona, an isolated inn once the refuge of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Our destination is visible from miles away as the fabulous panorama of snow –capped mountains, sheep and cattle ranges beckons. On arrival in El Chalten, a frontier town founded only in 1985 to protect the border with Chile, we pause for a short talk at the National Park Information Bureau and take a short walk before lunching in town. An afternoon forest and riverside walk brings us to our lodging, the Hosteria El Pilar, a classic, comfortable inn beside a glacial torrent in the shadow of the famous Mount FitzRoy.
 

Overnight: Hosteria El Pilar

Day 3 - Fitz Roy Track, El Chalten

Walking from our hotel, we follow the river and climb with ever-wider views of Mount Fitz Roy and its glacier - a thrilling long day’s hike to the accompaniment of rushing waters and, occasionally, absolute silence; we may see condors flying above us. We picnic in a flat, natural arena of stunning views in all directions and end our walk with a celebratory beer or ice-cream in El Chalten.
 

Overnight: Hosteria El Pilar

Day 4 - Lago del Desierto & Laguna Huemul

Today our walk starts near the shores of Lago del Desierto where we traverse a suspension bridge and walk around the lake through forests for a view of the hanging glacier at Laguna Huemul. We cross the border with Chile on foot and enjoy a picnic lunch before taking a boat ride back across Lago del Desierto. (Note: Today's hike is weather-dependent, in case of bad weather we will have a longer ride on the boat and take a shorter walking route.)
 

Overnight: Hosteria El Pilar

Day 5 - Mirador Cerro Torre, Transfer to Eolo (3 hrs), Visit to Glacier Museum

After breakfast, we walk from El Chalten for views of the Glacier Cerro Torre and its lake.  We have lunch in El Chalten and head back to El Calafate and out into the open countryside beyond.  We leave the van and walk to our stunning hotel in La Anita Valley, with views to Lago Argentino on one side, Mount Frias on another and, in the distance, the snow-capped Andes and the Torres del Paine peaks over the border in Chile. This is a unique location, awe-inspiring, almost overwhelming in its magnificence and emptiness.  After taking some time to freshen up, we visit the Glacier Museum and stop in its unique Ice Bar for apperitifs before returning to our hotel for supper.

 

Overnight: Eolo Lodge

Day 6 - Cerro Frias and the Anita Valley

Today we explore and exult in the majesty, the silence and the solitude of the lodge’s surroundings, hiking in the Anita Valley, along the river and to the heights of Mount Frias with unforgettable views and the chance to see local wildlife from flamingos in the valley to guanacos and hares in the hills the whole day long. Picnic lunch in the wild and Afternoon Tea in the hotel.
 

Overnight: Eolo Lodge

Day 7 - Lake shore Walk, lunch in town & Perito Moreno Glacier

Today is one of the highlights of our stay in Patagonia as we take in the outstanding Perito Moreno Glacier! After a relaxed breakfast, we start the morning with a lake shore walk at Laguna Nimez to a bird sanctuary. Or you may choose to go horseback riding from Eolo, which was formerly a ranch, and rejoin the main group for lunch. After lunch in a restaurant in town, we travel to Los Glaciares National Park. First, we walk the length of the pasarelas (catwalks) to marvel at vistas of this amazing force of nature. Then we board a boat at Puerto Banderas to get up close to the fantastic glacier. We sail to almost touching distance of this gigantic wall of ice, some 30m high and more than three miles long; we may see great chunks of the ice break away with a crack and a roar that stuns the senses, causing waves to rock the boat.   

Overnight: Eolo Lodge

Day 8 - Full day Peninsula Las Colonias

Breakfast. In the early morning we depart for Lago Roca, one hour’s drive away. On arrival at the Peninsula area, we walk for approximately one and a half hours to reach our lunch destination: the geodesic Adventure Domes in the Perito Moreno National Park. Here we help prepare our lunch, which might include gathering mushrooms, chopping meat, or just relaxing next to the campfire. After eating, we head off on a guided wildlife trek looking at the flora and fauna of the Peninsula. We might see guanacos, foxes, ñandúes (a kind of ostrich) and condors. This is a day close to nature with no other humans within two miles or more. We can enjoy superb views of the glacier wall across the water.

 

 

Overnight: Eolo Lodge

Day 9 - Departure

Individual transfers, according to flight, to El Calafate airport.

Trip Extensions: Buenos Aires, Torres del Paine, Chile & an Estancia

We highly recommend three possible trip extensions which we have researched, and which fit well on either end of your Wayfarers itinerary. 

1.) Buenos Aires City Stay (3 nights) - including airport transfers, private guided city tour, tango show, boutique hotel accommodations in the fashionable Palermo District.
Classic Room: US$ 1075 per person Double Occupancy
US$ 1860 per person Single Occupancy

Superior Room: US$ 1175 per person Double Occupancy
US$ 2125 per person Single Occupancy

De Luxe Room: US$ 1275 per person Double Occupancy
US$ 2315 per person Single Occupancy

2.) Torres del Paine, Chile (3-5 nights) - all inclusive program at the luxurious Patagonia Camp with hikes every day in the Torres del Paine Park, transfers to and from either El Calafate, Argentina or Puntas Arenas, Chile.
From US$ 1725 per person Double Occupancy
US$ 2245 per person Single Occupancy

3.) Estancia Cina Cina(2/3 nights) - located 70 km/ 43 miles from Buenos Aires and five blocks from the center of the sleepy colonial town of San Antonio de Areco, the home of gaucho writer Ricardo Güiraldes.

From US$ 745 per person Double Occupancy



 

This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.

Hotels

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Eolo Lodge - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Eolo Lodge

Ruta Provincial N 11
km 23,000
El Calafate
Santa Cruz, 9405

T/F: +54 (0) 2902 492042
W: www.eolo.com.ar

Thirty minutes away from El Calafate, on the way to Perito Moreno Glacier, Eolo is strategically located in La Anita Valley, on the eastern side of Mount Frías. It stretches over a 3,000 hectare property. From Eolo's ample and comfortable facilities, which evoke ancient Patagonian "estancias", one can observe Lago Argentino towards the north, La Anita Valley towards the east, and the Torres del Paine and the Rico branch of the same lake towards the south. The place is unique.

All the rooms in this Relais and Chateaux property are postioned with exceptional views.Facilities include the main living room, overlooking La Anita Valley, bar and restaurant overlooking Lago Argentino, library overlooking Torres del Paine,  TV room (purposely the only TV in the hotel) overlooking Lago Argentino, indoor swimming pool and sauna.

Rooms are large and have every conceivable comfort including WiFi and hairdryers.

The restaurant serves superb cuisine and its barbeque nights are particularly special!

This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.

Photo Gallery

Hotel Kau Yatun, El Calafate Mt FitzRoy, Parque Nacional Los Glacieres Ruta 40 sign La Leona Lemon Pie! El Chalten Welcome Sign El Pilar Walking the FitzRoy Trail Parque Nacional Los Glacieres Sign One of seven glaciers visible from the Fitz Roy Trail In town - El Chalten View from the trail View from the trail El Calafate sign Eolo Lodge Walking up Mount Frias Valentin and his staff welcome us warmly at Eolo Lodge! Perito Moreno Glacier Perito Moreno Glacier Perito Moreno Glacier Perito Moreno Glacier Closeup of Perito Moreno Perito Moreno Glacier Condor soaring above the Anita Valley Horseriding at La Usina Foal at La Usina On the trail Guanaco Distant View of Eolo Lodge Distant View of Eolo Lodge Estancia Nibepo aike Estancia Nibepo aike Lago Argentina Hotel Kau Yatun, El Calafate

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